Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Smart Phone users beware

All you smart phone users who feel proud about your high speed internet connections think again. Hackers are making merry and are capable of remote controlling your mobile phones. Almost all the smart phones including Blackberry, iPhone, Windows mobile and other Symbian phones are vulnerable and could be hacked with a little bit of code and some slyness. Its not just data or identity theft alone as it was earlier. It doesn't even stop with unleashing viruses on the OS of your mobile phones. Modern day hackers can gain control of your mobile from a remote place to spy on you. The hacker starts by sending an SMS/MMS or a Bluetooth message to the user. If the user opens the message spyware gets installed in the phone quietly oblivious to the user. Now the hacker can send commands via SMS and access your phone through GPRS. The hacker can switch on/off your phone and its applications at will. They can tap into our private information exchange while making calls or sending SMS. They could even alter the text of your SMS before sending it to the recipient. The hacker has access to all the files in your mobile phone and caould switch on your camera and eavesdrop on your daily life activities.

Mobile users in the US are already suffering from more than 200 viruses and hackers are also rampant here in India. A few simple precautions can help you drive the hackers away. Enhance the security of your mobile devices with antivirus, firewall, anti-spam and data encryption technologies. Never try to open any anonymous messages in your inbox whatever it referred to. Prevention is always better than cure.

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